“If it’s not an emergency or something like that, tree’s about to fall, we don’t even try it,” said Leonard Kirkland of Kirland’s Tree Service in Lakeland. “Just for general cut down a tree, they have to wait.”
Gregory Fancelli says he thinks trimming limbs and removing Spanish moss from the twined trees at Lake Morton Drive and Success Avenue will make them safer and has offered to pay for the work. Three arborists told city officials the tree is unsafe and needs to come down, but top city brass plan to meet with Fancelli before taking action.
Neighbors’ discomfort with a group home became more intense when an agitated man who lived there walked to a nearby yard and threatened to kill the occupant and his family. But residents of Poinsettia Street, a few blocks from Lakeland’s Beacon Road fire station, have been told little can be done because the home for adults with developmental disabilities is protected by the federal Fair Housing Act.